What to do in San Diego? What not to do in San Diego! Who doesn’t love this beautiful city? We decided to spend a long weekend introducing Melissa to one of my favorite cities. I lived there for a while growing up, but she had never visited. The goal was a four-day trip and to keep the costs in check we used a travel voucher that covered half of the airfare. We used our standard rental company, Hertz, and since the trip was from Thursday evening to Monday morning the rental car was a cheaper weekend rate.
The hotels surprised us. San Diego is a compact city and easy to get around in and my initial plan was to stay in Mission Valley to save money, but, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront was running a weekend deal that made it cheaper to stay downtown than inland – always worth checking all your options. We generally stay at Hilton properties to maximize the Hilton Honors program. The hotel,connected to Petco Field by a skybridge, is only a few blocks from the Gasslamp Quarter. The hotel upgraded us to an upper floor and the room provided us with a view north to the bay and east over Petco Field.
When we plan a trip, we ask our standard question: What do we want out of this trip? Do we want to pack as much in as possible and experience as many things as time allows or do we want a relaxed trip, picking from a few iconic experiences? For this trip the goal was to take in several key San Diego destinations but keep it relaxing at the same time. Of course, the opportunity to shoot photographs was a consideration. We planned on only one or two major locations each day and then would fill in around as time permitted.
Hint: This may reveal more about me than I should let on, but, I always tell people to sit on the left side of the plane when flying into San Diego for the first time. The approach path to Lindbergh Field takes you through downtown, and I mean through downtown. The view off to the left will allow you to see Downtown San Diego, the Bay, the Coronado Bridge, and Coronado Island. If you sit on the right, be on the lookout for Balboa Park, it is still a good view but not quite as stunning as the left.
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